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Banks on verge of losing student lending business (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Banks and other private lenders are about to lose a $70 billion-a-year student loan business, part of a massive overhaul of college assistance programs that has received an unexpected boost from President Barack Obama’s health care success. ...

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Advocates, agency urge safer window blind cords (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) When 3-year-old Brandyn Coppedge became entangled on a window blind cord, it took less than a minute for the toddler to strangle. His father says the safety device designed to prevent such a tragedy had broken, but the ...

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Assembly sends concealed-gun bills to McDonnell (access required)

(AP) Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that allows people to carry concealed handguns into bars. On a vote of 72-27, the House of Delegates approved a Senate bill that allows concealed handgun permit holders to go armed ...

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Police could ask DUI suspects place of last drink (access required)

(AP) Police officers could begin asking people pulled over for driving under the influence where they had their last drink. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send the full Senate a bill that would require officers ...

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Henrico County OKs new noise law in response to court (access required)

(AP) Henrico County has joined other Virginia localities in adopting a new noise ordinance in response to a court ruling. The ordinance approved Tuesday night by the Henrico County Board of Supervisors uses a standard based on distance from the ...

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Flamboyant Northern Virginia restaurateur nabbed in Texas (access required)

By Matthew Barakat McLEAN (AP) A Lamborghini-driving steakhouse owner who disappeared after being accused of cheating banks out of tens of millions of dollars was arrested in Texas and returned to Virginia as federal prosecutors pursue fraud charges. Osama El-Atari ...

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‘Malicious code’ infects Norfolk’s computer system   (access required)

NORFOLK (AP) Police are investigating a “malicious code” that shut down most of Norfolk’s computer system for more than a day. Information Technology Department director Hap Cluff says the code likely was a “time bomb” downloaded by an unsuspecting employee ...

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Attorney General challenges EPA on greenhouse gas (access required)

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinnelli is challenging the federal government’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are dangerous to people. Cuccinelli said Tuesday he has asked the Environmental Protection to delay final consideration of that finding so “newly available information” can ...

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Wellness: Changes proposed in how psychiatrists diagnose mental disorders (access required)

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP) Don’t say “mental retardation” – the new term is “intellectual disability.” No more diagnoses of Asperger’s syndrome – call it a mild version of autism instead. And while “behavioral addictions” will be new to doctors’ ...

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